Filling the hole


I found someone offering for sale the last Peanuts book that’s really on my “this would be an achievement” list, School Peanuts 1.

This is part of a series of books published for the European market to teach kids English. Having School Peanuts 2 and School Peanuts 3, this is the most painful hole left in my Peanuts collection (particularly after having just gotten the last of the Crosby golf programs I needed.)

BUT, it’s being offered for sale in Europe through a service that I cannot sign up for; it’s not designed for US addresses.

And in some way, that’s a little bit of a relief. Because if I got that… I might pause and wonder if maybe this is enough. Maybe, having filled that hole, it might be time to stop collection. After all, even if I were to have every Peanuts book ever made, it would be temporary. Some day, I shall pass… and after that, when the next Peanuts book is issued, my collection would not longer be complete.

Animated Peanuts
The First Thanksgiving.

It’s common knowledge that A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving first aired on November 20, 1973. You can find that fact on the show’s IMDb page, or its Wikipedia page… at least if you check right now, before I get it fixed. You see, like much common knowledge, it appears to be wrong. …

Dialogue balloon from the August 15, 1960 Peanuts
Greatest hits
Errors Live Forever

Charles Schulz was a stickler about language in his strip. You could see it in the way he included accurate shorthand or transcribed musical notes, the written language of music. He paid close attention to his punctuation. But all of that does not mean that he didn’t make mistakes. For …

An age-old problem

In the US, one typically starts kindergarten at the age of 5. Charlie Brown was attending school before we first saw Linus, who was a baby at the time. Linus was attending school before Sally was born. Sally was attending school before Rerun was born. Rerun started school before the …